LUKE 16: 10-13 ARE YOU TRUSTWORTHY?

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10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? (Luke 6: 10-12 NIV)

Can you be trusted with little? This is a big question that will only be answered honestly when you check yourself.

JESUS essentially says in the Scripture above, that until GOD sees you being faithful in the affairs of other men or that you can be trusted with little, only then will HE entrust true riches to you. And JESUS means this literally. Think about the law of reaping and sowing, ‘Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6: 7 NIV)’. So, if you currently work for someone, and you steal from him, inflate your performance levels or do anything remotely dishonest, know that you shall reap what you have sown, for GOD cannot be mocked. I have heard of so many people from my home country, who after working for the government for many years could not do business of their own successfully. Why? They had been so dishonest or corrupt working for the government; the culture of taking what is not rightfully theirs is so ingrained in them, they sometimes don’t succeed in business.

Give and it shall be given unto you, JESUS says (Luke 6: 38). So also, if you do not prevent someone else from prospering by stealing from them, you will also prosper in your business when you do have one. Moreover, if GOD sees that you have been trustworthy with your boss or someone you are accountable to, GOD is the God of Justice, and HE will make sure that you are promoted in your workplace. Essentially, if you want promotion in your life: career, marriage, business, etc, GOD has to see you being trustworthy even when you have little.

Besides, in the sphere of relationships, if you are always deceiving people and leaving a trail of broken hearts in your wake, this attitude will come back to bite you. What goes around comes around, so don’t expect to be happily married at 30 for instance, when all you have done in the preceding ten years is deceive members of the opposite sex, and mess with their hearts.

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Finally, whatever you are doing presently, do it very well, for you do not know who is watching. A future employer may be watching; a future spouse may be watching; GOD is watching. Thus, be trustworthy and diligent in what you are doing now, and see how GOD will reward you with true riches.

Stay blessed!

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May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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2 Samuel 15: 18-22 HOW LOYAL ARE YOU?

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Good day People of GOD

Happy new year! I wish you a prosperous 2017 ahead!

Today, we will look at Loyalty and a place in the Scriptures where it is shown poignantly: 2 Samuel 15: 18-22.

18 to let all the king’s men move past to lead the way. There were 600 men from Gath who had come with David, along with the king’s bodyguard.[a] 19 Then the king turned and said to Ittai, a leader of the men from Gath, “Why are you coming with us? Go on back to King Absalom, for you are a guest in Israel, a foreigner in exile. 20 You arrived only recently, and should I force you today to wander with us? I don’t even know where we will go. Go on back and take your kinsmen with you, and may the Lord show you his unfailing love and faithfulness.[b]21 But Ittai said to the king, “I vow by the Lord and by your own life that I will go wherever my lord the king goes, no matter what happens—whether it means life or death.” 22 David replied, “All right, come with us.” So Ittai and all his men and their families went along.

David’s own son had ganged up against him, and his life was in danger. Then, as David was going to face Absalom, he spoke to Ittai, a man who had sworn allegiance to him, encouraging him to go back to his land with his family, as David was riding into danger rather than Paradise. Funny enough, Ittai hailed from Gath – the city where Goliath hailed from. Yet, he was loyal to a fault – to David. He was ready to give his life up for David, not because he was obliged to, but because he desired to do so.

In the end, David won the war over Absalom, with Ittai being one of his army managers (2 Samuel 18). What can we learn from this?

  • First, loyalty is a very great strength. In the world of today, there are very few loyal people; most people are only looking for people to use and dump. But, those few people who are loyal are as precious as gold, in my opinion. Loyalty is a gift and blessing unto others; and it can help save lives (as in David’s case). Loyalty can set you apart as a man or woman of character among a crowd of 10,000 people. I thereby encourage you to be loyal – be loyal to your family, be loyal to your spouses and loved ones, be loyal to your company or boss, be loyal to every cause you are involved with. Loyalty shows a rare depth of character.
  • Second, David was a man after GOD’s heart (1 Samuel 13: 14), and he therefore had the gift of men. When he was in the time of need, GOD sent men like Ittai who were loyal so much they’d die for him, to help him win the war. That is how Awesome GOD is, and that is how HE helps those who love HIM.

Finally, endeavor to be loyal to those around you and they will absolutely appreciate you for it!

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JAMES 1: 27 PURE RELIGION AND UNDEFILED BEFORE GOD AND THE FATHER IS THIS, TO VISIT THE FATHERLESS AND WIDOWS IN THEIR AFFLICTION…

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Today we will be looking at James 1: 27, where James says that pure religion is to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction- in other words, to show mercy and compassion.

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world (James 1: 27 KJV).

Pure and unadulterated religion is simply this: ‘To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world’. This is Christianity, pure and simple. Thus, there is no more to Christianity than mere ‘religion’. In Matthew 23, JESUS criticises the Pharisees for several things. Many of them include the fact that they are proud, very self-righteous, and they create so many rules that burden people, yet they are not holy themselves. The tip of the iceberg is where JESUS tells them:

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former (Matthew 23: 23 NIV- emphasis mine).

JESUS essentially is saying that religion, specifically Christianity, is incomplete without justice, mercy and faithfulness. Without these values, religion is empty, useless and vain. This is why JESUS attacks the Pharisees in Matthew 23 for being vain, but having no substance in their religion. They are merely religious, but they are not Godly. There is a vast difference between being religious and Godly. They do not mean the same thing. This is why I don’t refer to myself as ‘religious’. Nevertheless, this blog post is a response to certain things that have been happening in my local community lately, which makes me to question if there is still true Christianity on earth, and if yes, ‘where is it?’. Even I daily ask GOD to help me be a better Christian.

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When you talk about change, it has to start from the individual, and from the local church. You and I have to start showing the three basic values of Christianity- justice, mercy and faithfulness, so that they can resonate in our local churches and our local communities. Ask yourself, ‘Have I truly been exercising the basic values of Christianity?’ Look into yourself to see if you truly exercise these values. Beloved, it is easy to just go to church, focus on your own spiritual growth, and mind your own business. However, it takes effort to not just go to church and be a bench warmer, but to also exercise these three: justice, mercy and faithfulness. I therefore implore you to make that extra effort and show justice, mercy and faithfulness to your fellow believers and neighbours.  One of the prayers I regularly pray for myself is, ‘GOD, give me the Grace to be a Christian according to your own standards’. There are some things that happen to other believers, and you wonder where you could have come previously in to prevent the tragic event from happening.

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These values: justice, mercy and faithfulness, only exist in a heart that is full of love. And remember GOD is love (1 John 4: 8). If you are truly born of the Spirit, you should have these values at the very top of your heart, so that you can be able to ‘dispense’ them when needed. The Mercy of GOD is what triggers the Love of GOD in your heart. If you let the Mercy of GDO reign in your heart, the Love of GOD will overshadow your life.

Furthermore, I want to encourage you to steer of something my dad calls the ‘coffin syndrome’. There are some people who are so selfish that they wait for somebody else to be dying or dead before they do anything to help that person out. Somebody does not have to be dying before your compassion or sympathy is aroused. For instance, say there is that distant cousin who is having a hard life, or sick or suffering. You hear about them every day, but you don’t give them a cent to better their lives. Then, you come back home one day, and hear they have died, and you are asked to contribute money to give them a decent burial. If you contribute anything, GOD is still not happy with you, and your money would not result in any blessing. When the person was alive, you did not help them have a better life. Then, when they die, the money that would have saved their lives is what you use to bury them. Thus, rather than wait for someone to be dying or dead, show mercy and compassion to them. Even if it is only a little you can afford, you can make a world of difference.

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Finally, you do not have to be rich or have a lot in order to show mercy or compassion to your neighbours or fellow believers.  When I was growing up, I used to think, ‘GOD, make me very rich, and nobody will be hungry around me’. Later I realised that I had to start with the little I have to make a positive difference in any way I can, rather than wait to be ‘rich’. Moreover, you are not a true Christian if you don’t exercise justice, mercy and faithfulness. You don’t have full claim to the title, ‘Son/Daughter of GOD’. I did not say it. JESUS did. GOD wants to use you to bless somebody in your local church, local community, at your office or home. Just open you heart, and HE will use you.

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